Product Shoot Practice

I love creating and telling stories through my photographs.  Specially portraits of persons I’ve known personally.  When I approach someone for a photograph, it’s generally because I’ve already created an image of them in my head that I want them to be part of.  Something attracts me towards that part of them that I feel needs to be told photographically.  That’s how the idea of my previous biker portrait of a friend came to be.

A few times I have been offered work that’s not my usual favourite subjects but I have learnt something new from those shoots each time.  One of such shoots was related to food photography where I shot a few food items for a friend which turned out okay if not great.  I learnt a great deal there and I wish I could have reshot that shoot.  I figured in these times of start-ups the market is going to need a few product photographers as well.  So I practised this week with some products that were lying around in the house hoping to attract some work that’ll eventually help me sustain this craft.  I’m not trying to be a specialist here but I won’t mind shooting a few products if they can keep the site running.  At the end of the pictures I also share my key take aways from the practice. Hope it helps.

PRODUCT SHOOT

PRODUCT SHOOT

PRODUCT SHOOT

PRODUCT SHOOT

PRODUCT SHOOT

PRODUCT SHOOT

PRODUCT SHOOT

PRODUCT SHOOT

PRODUCT SHOOT

PRODUCT SHOOT

PRODUCT SHOOT

PRODUCT SHOOT

Here were a few take aways from this practice shoot.  I’m noting them down in the same manner I made notes after reviewing the photos on my screen.

  1. The watch should be at 10’O clock so the brand name is clearly visible, something I totally forgot while shooting.
  2. The products need to be cleaned as closeup shots are going to show every little dirt on them.
  3. The red shoe need to look exactly the kind of red they are on screen too.
  4. The exposure is going to vary for products that are dark toned and light toned. Just like for humans.
  5. Chrome products will generate lots of reflections. Be prepared to kill those reflections and enhance the chrome in a pleasing way.

PS: If you’re planning to buy a print this festive season, I’d urge you to also take a peak at my gallery at 500px.  Hope you’ll find something to add to your home décor. Thanks!

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